The CBE Seminar Series is organized to bring in biofilm experts from both academia and industry to present their research and share their expertise. Each semester a group of CBE graduate students and staff invite and host the colleagues and visitors (on and off-campus) who present at this seminar series.

The CBE 2017 seminar organizing committee

If you have feedback or a speaker suggestion for the CBE Seminar Series, please contact a member of the organizing committee.

Spring 2017 Schedule

  • Time: 4:10 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
  • Location: Montana State University, Roberts Hall 321, 4:10 pm
 Date     Speaker  Affiliation  Title/Topic
January 19        

No Seminar

January 26

Dr. Tom Webster

Chair and Professor, Chemical Engineering,
Northeastern University, Boston, MA
Nanotechnology for the control of bacterial functions
February 2 Dr. Qian Wang   Postdoctoral Researcher, Land Resources & Environmental Sciences, MSU Methylphosphonate metabolism contributes to the methane oversaturation paradox in oxic freshwater lakes
February 9  Dr. Seth Walk  Assistant Professor, Microbiology & Immunology, MSU  Engineered human intestinal organoids and arsenic detox by the human microbiome
February 16            Dr. Sue Ishaq Postdoctoral Researcher, Land Resources & Environmental Sciences, MSU

Mapping the microbial development of the dairy calf digestive tract

February 23        

No Seminar - All CBE Meeting on Friday

March 2

No Seminar

March 9

Racheal Upton

PhD Candidate, Interdepartmental Microbiology, Iowa State University 

A scaling approach to determine the drivers of complex soil microbial communities

March 16

No Seminar - Spring Break

March 23

Dr. Blake Wiedenheft Assistant Professor, Microbiology & Immunology, MSU Bacteria, their viruses, and how they taught us to perform genome surgery 

March 30

Joy Buongiorno

Ph.D. Candidate, Microbiology, University of Tennessee in Knoxville

Microbial community abundance and composition analysis of Svalbard (79°N): Implications for climate response
April 6  Undergraduate Research Day

Madison Owens, Chemical and Biological Engineering, MSU, CBE

“Structuring synthetic biofilms with 3D printing”


Andrew Gutknecht, Chemistry & Biochemistry, MSU, CBE

“Culturing thermoalkaliphilic Aigarchaeota from terrestrial geothermal environments”


Shawna Pratt, Chemical and Biological Engineering, MSU, CBE

“Monitoring single bacterial cell growth using drop-based microfluidics”

April 13 Dr. Andreas Teske  Professor, Marine Sciences,
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Sulfur-oxidizing bacterial mats in Guaymas Basin: Dancing on the volcano

April 20

 Dr. Sharon Neufeldt  Assistant Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry, MSU Designing a catalytic system to convert methane into heavier alkanes

April 27 

Dr. Annelise Barron Associate Professor, Bioengineering, Stanford Medicine, Stanford, CA Antibiofilm activities of peptoid mimics of antimicrobial peptides (ampetoids)